The floral landscape in the springs has earned Gulmarg in Kashmir, the title – “meadow of flowers” but Srinagar isn’t far behind where Tulip Festival is celebrated. Overlooking the Dal Lake, at the base of the Zabarwan range lies the largest tulip garden of Asia called Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, spread over an area of 30 ha where more than 60 varieties of tulips bloom during the festival. Built in 2007 to boost floriculture and attract tourism the sloping garden consists of seven terraces.
During spring every year this garden turns into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours with shades of red, yellow, pink, white, and orange tulips which mesmeriz and leave visitors spellbound.
Not just a celebration of spring and tulips, celebrating the Tulip Festival is a significant step towards promoting tourism in the state. The festival attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world which in turn boosts the local economy. It also provides employment opportunities for locals, including hotel staff, tour guides, and vendors. The government has also been taking necessary steps to promote the festival and make it even more attractive to tourists.
The festival not only features these floral wonders but also cultural programs, traditional Kashmiri music, and local handicrafts that showcase the heritage of Kashmir. Visitors can indulge in local cuisine, including traditional Kashmiri dishes like Rogan Josh and Wazwan.
The festival is an excellent opportunity for tourists to understand and experience the vibrant culture and tradition of Kashmir while enjoying the beautiful tulips in full bloom. If you happen to be in Srinagar in April, don't miss the chance to witness the beautiful Tulip Festival.
How To Reach
Srinagar is well-connected to cities like Jammu, Delhi, and Chandigarh. One can board JKSRTC buses to reach Srinagar.
Fly to Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar and then hire a private or shared taxi or bus to reach Tulip Gardens.
Nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi or Udhampur railway station. So get off at either and then hire a private or shared taxi or bus to reach Tulip Gardens.
Start Date: 3rd April
End Date: 20th April
Entry Timing: 8 am to 7 pm
Entry Fee: INR 60 (adults)
INR 25 (children)
Highlights Of The Tulip Festival
Some of the varieties of tulips are mentioned below:
• Standard Tulips
• Double Bloom
• Parrot Tulips
• Fringed Tulips
• Bi-Color Standard Tulips
• Fosteriana Tulips
• Lily-Flowering Tulips
• Single Late Tulips
With every passing year, Srinagar is attracting more tourists during the Tulip Festival which also promotes the vibrant culture and tradition of Kashmir. And one should visit Srinagar at least once in a lifetime during Tulip Festival to experience this grand colourful celebration.
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